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Is a tootsie roll pop a corndog or a ravioli?

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Next up: Dr. Dr. Mario.

This would be Doctor Mario, with the stethoscope and the head mirror, but also with that pouch that they keep giving characters.

Then, we'll have Dr. Sidestepper. He's the only one actually qualified... At avoiding medical malpractice suits somehow.

Do we have a Dr. Bullet Bill? He's more of the Kevorkian type, I have to imagine.

Dr. Baby Yoshi?

Special guest star: Dr. Mrs. Doubtfire. Not a real woman. Not a real doctor.

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I agree with Spak pretty much entirely.

My perspective on the recut JL, though, is that it's likely to be awful. I thought Man of Steel was okay, but didn't like the portrayal of any of those considered Superman's friends or family.

BvS was just sad. I fell asleep watching the final version of Justice League, but to be fair, I was sick that day and needed rest. I think the Snyder JL will be a joke. If it is, it'll be fun to laugh at and should help all those who for some reason believe Snyder is infallible maybe finally come to grips with how underwhelming his movies have been, and how out of character most of his characters seem.

But, if it's a great movie, at least it'll be a great movie.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: May 21, 2020, 12:20:45 PM »
I recall reading that story about her being fired, truthfully my biases had me mentally taking her side, but I'm trying to work on not coming to conclusions with incomplete information, especially as the news seems to be flying at the speed of light.

I will say too that there's been aritcles with data showing that the PEOPLE of the US broadly started social distancing before the state orders came into place, so I'd be more inclined to credit the people of Florida moreso than the state & local government.  Again, my biases might be partially at play with that conclusion.

I agree with you, that people reacted well. I've just seen a lot of criticism lobbied my state's way, and a lot of praise leveled at a place like New York, where it turns out the government there aided the spread to at-risk populations by allowing COVID-19 patients in nursing homes and ALFs.

In regard to this one employee, I spoke some with our GIS department, and it agreed with my synopsis, that primarily, the company that made the GIS software is the one coding, and local GIS puts in data and formulae in order to output an api. There may be a half million lines of code, but it isn't as if she wrote or constructed the code.

I touted in this thread a month ago about Florida's transparency with the data. The GIS map was a great tool for showcasing the numbers, but the numbers weren't produced by the map, they were plugged in. If the state wanted to cover anything up or fudge any numbers, they'd have to heavily modify the reports on the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 site, and not go after someone responsible for GIS. A lot of of her story doesn't line up well with my experiences. I won't claim to know everything, but I will say I think at least some of what she's claiming is likely a product of overwork and overstress, which her claims admit she has done. I'm more interested in if she chose to overwork herself or if the state of Florida put her in a position where she had to work those extended hours for two months. I think we need to give a critical look at the fact she had opportunity to go 16 hours a day for 60 days.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:03:35 AM »
Florida is back in the news again. Really, it looks like reporters and media outlets are trying to create controversy about very little.

Florida is doing a phased reopening, with restaurants in most locations allowed 50 percent capacity, and most other businesses opening up with similar restrictions.

Florida has a population comparable to New York, it has several beaches, and is home to Disney World and other theme parks. Florida's government was heavily criticized for not mandating via executive order the closure of beaches for a few weeks into the known outbreak.

Florida was expected to be a hotspot that emerged after New York. Instead, Florida has 47,471 total cases and only 2,096 COVID-19 related deaths as of yesterday. The number looks large, but it's a fraction of other places considered hotspots. Florida has continued testing, and has had less than ten percent, and often less than that, of those who are tested return positive. It is believed the outbreaks in Broward and Dade counties primarily stem from people fleeing New York for warmer climates. Since Florida's governor was criticized for having a negligent and/or slow response to close things down, like beaches, it has since been determined sunlight can help provide defense against COVID-19, and yesterday, the CDC began reporting that it isn't likely the virus spreads much via contaminated surfaces, which, from my personal knowledge suggests social distancing and masks are probably the best way to prevent getting sick.

Anyway, in the last few days, an employee for the state was fired and the press created an uproar over the incident. The employee was one that worked in GIS (Geographic Information Services), which is a fancy way of saying she worked on maps and displaying data with/on maps. Where I work, we have a GIS department, and their primary responsibility is assigning 9-1-1 street addresses and accurately pinpointing the locations of various buildings, apartments, and the like on maps used by the local government and first responders. The state's GIS map for COVID-19 allows anyone to visit and see information on those who have been infected at some point by COVID-19. It's done using the same GIS system, Arc GIS, as the worldwide John Hopkins tracking map, however, it has many more methods to track and compare data, even to the point that you can view infection counts by zip code, and so much more.

This particular employee, from reports I've read, is not the only one who worked on the map. She allegedly was fired because she refused to manipulate data to make Florida look better. If I'm reading the latest response from Florida correctly, she was actually fired because she refused to listen to the actual scientists and epidemiologists who said including the data of people who were potentially infected with the virus early on, but were never tested or actually diagnosed with it would be inaccurate, and requested she not add them into the data pool being considered. I don't know if they were previously included. I've seen reports saying the employee worked 16 hour days several times and was responsible for half a million lines of code for the Florida COVID-19 GIS map. Without working directly on GIS, myself, I suspect that the code is generated based on parameters and formulae entered into a GUI, rather than by rote coding. I know our GIS department has done some work involving similar systems to Arc GIS, and the head of that department definitely does not know anything about coding. Anyway, if I had to guess, I'd say the 16 hour days with no breaks caught up to her, and she probably was going crazy from the stress. I'm disappointed to see her leadership didn't force her to take time off, though the woman did state she won't be paid for some of her time, suggesting she elected to work through the time off she was supposed to have. I can say Florida's GIS map has been functional for well over a month, so the extended hours she had been working don't make much sense to me.

From the respect of data manipulation, the GIS map couldn't be used to manipulate the numbers directly, but instead, it could be used to spotlight some numbers and obscure others. Florida has released PDF reports automatically generated daily with whole accounting for every new person identified with a positive test. I'm confident this is the case. I had COVID-19, myself, little over a month ago, and was able to go into the PDF and definitely identify myself in this PDF. No names are included, but age, county, and dates of the (first?) positive test are. I don't believe subsequent positive tests for an already diagnosed person are included, as there's no indication someone has been tested more than once.

Anyway, long story short, I stand by my earlier claims that Florida did well all things considered. It's been interesting to watch, but at the same time, I've been frustrated because so much of what I've seen almost universally with the news has been based on fear and irrationality.

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Have they done Dr. Nabbit yet? He can check your pulse and steal... Your heart.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:05:52 PM »
And you also knew I like and have talked about Calvin & Hobbes.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:09:35 PM »
Mine will be around 180 on Friday or Saturday according to the predictor. That's my high for the week.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:08:29 PM »
Good idea! I'll make 8! The final will pretty much be just me and you playing each other!

So it will be a life-accurate model of here where pretty much everyone is an alt for Megabyte or something?

I think I joined this site years ago (or some similar site dedicated to mafia) but never found the will or time to actually join any games. Like Khush, it just isn't the same in other places. I actually think it was Thatguy's brother who came over here to play with us from that site so I went over to check it out. (I think it was Thatguy's brother, it was someone's brother and they had a Calvin & Hobbes avatar here).

I don't have a brother. I do enjoy Calvin and Hobbes. I have a cat named Hobbes.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 23, 2020, 03:04:18 PM »
Between that and the topics of the minute, it sounds like a pretty fun board.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:41:17 AM »
Oh... You made an account over there? I made four. I represent four different non-existent communities, and plan to cheat my way to mafia stardom.

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TalkBack / Re: 2020 Mario Spinoff Madness Tournament
« on: April 14, 2020, 07:59:05 PM »
Mario Gold World Tour is PAL name. In NTSC territories, it was War Tour. My bad.

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TalkBack / Re: 2020 Mario Spinoff Madness Tournament
« on: April 14, 2020, 06:40:18 PM »
I think Mario Gold War Tour was an edutainment follow-up to Mario is Missing that focused on macro-economics and world trade.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 14, 2020, 02:05:12 PM »
Thanks, thatguy, I wasn't feeling great about my chances of doing better than that this week so I cashed out. I like your town, your flowers are really nice.

You're welcome. I'm just trying to grow out all varieties, then I'll be making fenced in fields and all that.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 14, 2020, 01:58:06 PM »
A few people came by. I'm about to close up shop. Maybe I'll open a little later.

Sorry for being anti-social. I had a new spooky mask so I tried being a creepy axe murderer here and there.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 14, 2020, 12:50:58 PM »
I have 317 bells/turnip.

Dodo Code: B9S67

I should be open for about an hour. I might open up again later today
Hard to say.

Also, if you visit, please don't trample the flowers!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 07, 2020, 02:55:19 PM »
That's no big deal. I'm never really able to play in the morning except for a quick check or on the weekend. :(

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: April 07, 2020, 01:24:57 PM »
Keep in mind they change after noon rolls around! Mine were awful this morning, though. In the 50s!

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I seem to recall dead thread saying how good the doctor was hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Did you really? On day 2 I pegged you as the doctor and BeautifulShy as Samus. Unfortunately, I was dead, so I couldn't do anything about it. There weren't any other roles I figured out, but determining two just by watching actions unfold and without being part of the mix isn't all that bad.

As for me, not much to say, but I didn't really trust Pokepal completely. The easiest way to resolve the problem was said mass vote out. The funny thing about the Metroid, as was pointed out at times, is that as long as it stays out of the Samuses' hands, it doesn't matter which side had it. By the end of the game, the winning team would be holding on to it anyway, just by having to kill the other side.

And like RAB said. Why would the mafia choose to investigate vs. Not making a hit? The only reason I can see is to feign inactivity, but since there was an alternative to not making a hit, it did not come across as inactivity. Definitely a bad move there.

I've got to say, extreme kudos to Steefosaurus. Some very nice choices were made. Good job!

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Dead Thread.
« on: April 05, 2020, 05:23:24 PM »
I have more answers than questions.

Like...

Hu's on first.

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I'm missing a recipe or two, and I need a few more stone and earth eggs. I'm now getting duplicate bunny day recipes, while missing the arch!

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NWR Feedback / Re: Standard Avatars
« on: April 05, 2020, 12:23:50 AM »
It doesn't matter. You ruined it now.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Dead Thread.
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:34:43 PM »
Like... Who's on first?

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